Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1843-59. [European History] FINELY BOUND COMPLETE SET, various editions. Nineteen volumes. Octavo (22 x 16 x 97cm). Finely bound by W.J. MANSELL, successor to James HAYDAY in contemporary tan full calf with raised bands, gilt titles to contrasting red and green labels to spine, further gilt decoration to spines, and all edges and endpapers marbled. Illustrated bookplates of George Evelyn Cower and J.J. Verdin Cooke facing one-another to front endpapers of each volume. Quite heavy spotting to endpapers and blanks of each volume - text leaves clean. Top edges toned. Light rubbing and marking to bindings. Very good. Following the conclusion of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, Scottish lawyer Archibald Jr. toured Europe before embarking on his legal career, awakening a life-long interest in politics both at home and abroad. He began writing for a living following his dismissal due to the election of a Whig government in 1830, articulating a strongly conservative, Tory political vision. His 'History of Europe During the French Revolution,' begun in 1833, was the first English-language account to be published, winning great attention and many sales around the world, despite Disraeli's caricature of the author as 'Mr. Wordy.' His History was eventually regarded as the 'Bible of the Tory Party,' consistently promoting a paternalist, anti-trade-union, anti-capitalist agenda totally at odds with the political direction of Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. Item #55480
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